Kristen Hettich has been living in her Burbank duplex for five years now but never had the intention of staying longer than 9 months. This was the very reason she hesitated ever really investing in the decor. "I was planning on moving back to South Florida. With this mindset I was thinking temporary furniture and also thinking in the mind frame of a 22 year old." Besides the fact that when she first moved in with a temporary mindset, she also was raising a puppy who was destroying everything. "My style back then was very different and did have the college/dorm type feel. I obviously didn’t move back to Florida and so as I’ve lived here longer I wanted it to feel more “homey” and settled in." Kristen has really wanted decorate her place for the last 4 years, however admits that she was confused in what direction to go because she likes so many different styles and didn't know how to create the look that felt right.
The evolution of Kristen's house has been a very slow process but she felt that she had to start with her bedroom. It was the one room that troubled her the most because she couldn't sleep comfortably there and it was very overcrowded and unorganized. For this feat, she hired interior designer Lindye Galloway to assist her in the process.
Kristen admits that during the process of working with Lindye, that her room has been transformed already three times. The size of the bedroom and it's layout added additional frustration and she had to spend a lot of time scaling back and getting rid of things before even thinking about what direction to take the look. Originally she was inspired by a luxe regency hotel room in Palm Beach Florida, she wanted to take bits and pieces to curate a similar vibe. "I saw Lindye’s work through Bethany and from one particular space she did I was really impressed and felt she had a similar aesthetic and thought she would really understand what it is I am trying to achieve."
Lindye started her business in styling five years ago and interior design two years ago. "My personal style lends itself towards the transitional side of design. I like clean lines, the mixing of different textures and layers and pops of color in unconventional ways. In every space I design I focus on bringing a bit of a "surprise" element that makes a statement!" She says her main goal in aiding Kristen's bedroom makeover was to help her create a tranquil retreat, which was both a peaceful and stylish place for her to rest. "We wanted to make the small space feel larger and give it a perfect touch of glam!" Working with the small square footage and shape of the room, Kristen and Lindye wanted to draw your eyes upward to elevate the appearance of the ceiling. By adding polka dots and a statement lighting fixture, they landed with a bright and open space.
Thank you Kristen! And thank you Lindye!
(After Photos: Bethany Nauert // Before Photos: Kristen Hettich)
Little side note: The "Before" images were taken after a few rounds of Kristen's decluttering. She had originally much more stuff hanging from walls, a coat rack and a rolling rack full of items.
- Headboard: One Kings Lane
- Bedding: Pottery Barn (Duvet Cover)
- Lamps: Rose Bowl
- Sputnik Light: Ebay (Palm Springs Vintage Oasis)
- Dresser: Sunbeam Vintage
- NightStands: Z Gallerie
- Pillows: Caitlin Wilson Textiles
- Jewelry Tray: Nate Berkus for Target
- Vases: Round gold one on the right is from Z Gallerie
- The long gold leaf: sourced by Lindye ?
- The candles and holders are from Z Gallerie
- I believe the black vase is from Homegoods
- Starburst detail by my bed: from Z Gallerie
(Image credits: Kristen Hettich; Bethany Nauert)